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Bordallo Pinheiro Keramik

Geschirr und Keramik von der Manufaktur Raphael Pinheiro aus Portugal

Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro is one of the most influential people of nineteenth century Portuguese culture, with a remarkable production particularly regarding the areas of humoristic drawing, caricature and ceramic creation. His work represents an unsettling, ever timely reality and a fundamental document for political, social, cultural and ideological study of a time period.

Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro will forever be intimately associated with caricature and artistic ceramics, showing quality and important pieces never seen before, and which, in the opinion of renowned modern artists, are the work of a genius.

Since an early age he was interested in art, and he even attended the Belas Artes school. As he was a keen theatre goer, this was how he started publishing his humorous newspapers, achieving great success with some of them. The newspapers become precious documents for their artistic quality as well  as their interpretation of the political and social events of the time, newspapers "Antonio Maria", " Pontos nos ii " and " A Paródia "  being some of the examples.

In 1884 Bordallo began his ceramics production at the Fábrica de Faianças in Caldas, revealing pieces of great technical, artistic and creative quality, developing azulejos (blue tiles), panels, pots, table centerpieces, vase busts, fountain basins, pitchers, plates, perfume bottles, vases and gigantic animals, etc.